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Updated Oct 15, 2020

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Lifeway Christian Resources President Ben Mandrell
Ben Mandrell
57 Ratings
Pros
  • "Clean and friendly, positive work environment(in 37 reviews)

  • "Great people to work with but the state of the economy means you can't depend on the work or jobs being available(in 31 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low pay but worth the sacrifice(in 22 reviews)

  • "Lifeway Christian Resources is a ministry funded by a business(in 17 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Intern

      Summer Intern

      Sep 4, 2017 - Anonymous Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Invest in interns -Good company culture -Good work environment -Good overall intern program

      Cons

      -Wage not competitive, but this is expected when working in ministry.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      A great place to work

      Oct 15, 2020 - Consultant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lifeway Christian Resources is a great employer who serves the local church on her mission of making disciples

      Cons

      Lifeway Christian Resources is a ministry funded by a business. At times, ministry takes a back seat to the bottom line.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      I really wanted to love it but it wore me down.

      Jul 24, 2020 - Marketer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      — great people — decent pay — good benefits — very flexible with time off, work from home, etc. — understanding of family needs and priorities

      Cons

      — everyone is overworked. LifeWay is notorious for laying off team members and dumping their work onto others without evaluating if those projects should continue and without increased pay for those receiving more work. — constantly changing priorities. I’m all for rapid testing, but that’s not what takes place. LifeWay panics when numbers don’t look good and forces their marketing teams to implement new strategies before they ever have an opportunity to see impact from the previous strategy. Publishing and product teams are forced to rapidly create or recreate new products to meet the bottom line, but they fail 95% of the time because the development was rushed and the marketing teams are too overwhelmed to launch them properly. — many department directors have no business experience. They are previous ministry staff with no understanding of business principles or how to lead a team of professionals. —data and analytics are a joke. The systems are outdated and none of them talk to each other. Finance teams are constantly reporting different revenue numbers than marketing teams. There is always a glitch to fix. Getting customer data is nearly impossible. The team is severely understaffed. — the company has not had a CMO for as long as I’ve been there (though they are currently searching for one). There is only one leader in marketing and really only the curriculum teams report or communicate with him. He’s a good leader but cannot possibly be a consultant for every product line. —there is no CRM tool which is unfathomable for a company this size with so many B2B customers. There is also no sales team which means that marketing teams (4-7 people) are responsible for finding leads, nurturing them, acquiring them, providing product training and retaining acquired customers often times for several product lines. — diversity is considered more than it used to be in staffing, culture and products, but if often reads as forced and disingenuous. — some teams are not supportive of women in leadership.

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      Lifeway Christian Resources Response

      Thank you for your contribution to LifeWay and for taking the time to share about your experiences working with us. LifeWay values creating a healthy, uplifting work environment for all our employees. We have shared your comments with leadership and will further discuss how we can make progress in the areas you referenced. Thanks again for your honest feedback.

    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Strategic Ministry with World-Wide Impact

      Apr 30, 2020 - Store Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong ministry focus on helping people know Jesus Christ and seek His kingdom.

      Cons

      Decision to close all brick and mortar retail stores.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      What a Shame!

      May 9, 2020 - Store Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Christian environment. Able to help and change lives. Fulfilling work

      Cons

      Run as a ministry not as a business. Basic retail practices were not applied to everyday operation of stores. Stores could have been salvaged with right leadership at top.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Company

      Jan 6, 2020 - Store Manager - 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company was ministry driven, family oriented, and community driven which made it a wonderful place to work.

      Cons

      Lost the vision of the company somewhere along the way.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Ministry and relationships

      Jun 8, 2019 - Sales Associate/Keyholder in Columbia, SC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interaction with customers and the opportunity to pray with them and meet needs with product has been the best part of working there.

      Cons

      Didn't pay as well as other Christian bookstores where I have worked. Instead of keeping ministry as priority decided without warning to eliminate physical stores and go online only.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      store leader

      Oct 25, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great ministry opportunities are an every day occurrence .

      Cons

      The stores simply disappeared. The leaders left and all stores were closed within a year.

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      Lifeway Christian Resources Response

      Recruitment Marketing and Communications Specialist

      We appreciate your feedback and the years you spent doing ministry alongside us. We are also saddened by the closing of our stores and are working to make improvements to continue our ministry in new ways.

    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Misguided - Didn't know what they wanted

      Apr 22, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you had a good supervisor, they fed into you and developed you.

      Cons

      Couldn't decide if they wanted to be a business or ministry, which ultimately led to their downfall.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing Job

      Apr 3, 2019 - Part Time Sales Associate in Beaumont, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great atmosphere to work in , more of a ministry rather than just a job .

      Cons

      Some days are definitely busier than others .

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